Meet Our Vendors! >> Enjoy Life Foods

Meet Our Vendors! is an ongoing series where you’ll be able to get a sneak peek of who you’ll see in November! Feel free to leave comments and questions–for us and for the vendor–about products, practices, and anything else that’s on your mind.

Last week we announced that our Title and Magic Plus Platinum Sponsor for the first annual Food Allergy & Celiac Convention is super-allergy-friendly Enjoy Life Foods!

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Enjoy Life Foods products are certified gluten-free and Free-From the top 8 food allergens (NO: wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish and shellfish) making them safe for over 100 million individuals who live with food intolerances. What’s more is that they are readily stocked at Walt Disney World giving you plenty of safe choices at all of the parks and resorts.

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Planning a Disney Trip with a Special Diet: Park Tickets

If you’re attending the Food Allergy & Celiac Convention, it’s not necessary to buy tickets to the theme parks. Because the event is held at Coronado Springs Resort, you can freely come and go without worrying about extra admission prices or costs.

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But for those making a vacation of it, you might want to secure some park tickets to enjoy what Walt Disney World has to offer during your stay. If it’s your first time heading in, you might be confused on all of the options available, so (of course!) we’re here to break it down for you.

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Announcing our Title Sponsor: Enjoy Life Foods!

We are so pleased to announce our Title and Magic Plus Platinum Sponsor for the first annual Food Allergy & Celiac Convention, Enjoy Life Foods!

Enjoy Life Foods has been a Walt Disney World staple for the past 3 years, providing Disney vacationers to eat freely in the parks and resorts with popular products like Crunchy Cookies, Boom Choco Boom Bars, and Soft Baked Cookies.

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We are delighted to have Enjoy Life Foods as our title sponsor and, if you’ve travelled to Walt Disney World with a food allergy, you’re likely well aware that a Disney trip isn’t complete without a dessert or a snack that includes an Enjoy Life Foods product.

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Planning a Disney Trip with a Special Diet: Five Top Secret Disney Special Diet Secrets

That’s right. Secrets!

Disney is a mecca for making things just a little more fun—after all, if you’ve never hunted down those hidden Mickeys then you’re surely missing out.

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But there are a few Special Diet-related secrets hidden around the parks, too. We’re not talking the allergy-friendly options that we already know and love. Instead, there are some popular companies and Disney-branded items that are safe for us, too.

And because we love Disney oh-so-much, we want to share the wealth with how to snag them when you’re visiting Walt Disney World*.

So for all your Friday Trip Planning needs… here’s what to make sure you nosh on while you’re enjoying your weekend at WDW:

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Planning a Disney Trip with a Special Diet: The Disney Dining Plan (plus Free Dining!)

If you’re familiar with Disney World and their dining plan, you might already be privy to all of the details. The Disney Dining Plan is available for folks who are staying at a resort and either purchase a Magic Your Way Package, or choose to use their Disney Vacation Club points… more on both of those in a later post.

The plans offer allotted meals for each night of your stay, depending on the package you choose. There are three types: The Magic Your Way Package Plus Quick Service Dining, the Magic Your Way Package Plus Dining, and the Magic Your Way Package Plus Deluxe Dining.

 

 

In addition, at certain times each year, Disney offers deals for guests to enjoy Free Dining with their stay. They’ve recently announced the fall dates which, depending on how you plan your vacation for a trip down to the event, will overlap!

But first, more on the plans themselves:

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Meet Our Vendors! >> PlantFusion

Meet Our Vendors! is an ongoing series where you’ll be able to get a sneak peek of who you’ll see in November! Feel free to leave comments and questions–for us and for the vendor–about products, practices, and anything else that’s on your mind.

PlantFusion is an plant-based nutrition that manufactures gluten-free and vegan protein and meal-based shakes. Using ingredients that they believe are good for our bodies and the planet, everything they make is free of dairy, soy, and wheat. Their powders offer a little inspiration combined with a lot of taste, making pre-and post-workout options just that much more delicious.

 

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We talked with Scott, the marketing coordinator behind the business, and asked him to dish on the details of their nutrient-rich products. Here’s what he had to tell us:

1. If you could create a PlantFusion shake recipe inspired by a Disney ride/attraction, what would it be?

Mickey Mousse Smoothie

3/4 cup vanilla almond milk (or milk of your choice)
1 Tbsp. chia seeds
1 small/medium banana, frozen
2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4-1/2 of a ripe avocado
1 tsp. instant coffee granules (optional)
1 scoop (30g) chocolate or cookies n crème PlantFusion

  • Put all ingredients into any standard blender and blend until smooth.
  • Transfer to glass and drink immediately or put it in fridge for 15-20 minutes to allow it to thicken up even more.
  • If you want a more pudding-like consistency, prep the day before and leave in the fridge overnight.

2. What’s the craziest/funniest/most memorable time you’ve experienced with a fan?

Nothing exactly crazy but we’ve received a couple really awesome emails from military members serving overseas. As well as a few celebrities and professional athletes here and there.

Kerry Washington mentioned PlantFusion as her go to protein powder in Women’s Health magazine. Sherri Shepherd tweeted a photo of PlantFusion. Michelle Rodriguez used  our product to build muscle when filming the newest Fast and Furious movie. Super Bowl Champ Steve Weatherford of the NY Giants and Captain of the NJ Devils Bryce Salvador all take the product.

3. As runDisney runners, we love some good fuel pre- and post-workout. What’s the best advice you have for runners or other endurance athletes?

It’s always important to stretch and warm up the body before a run. Dynamic stretches really improve range of motion, loosens up your muscles, and increases heart rate, body temperature, and blood flow to help you run more efficiently.

4. What’s your most popular PlantFusion flavor? Any new flavors on the horizon?

Our most popular flavor is vanilla bean. Mainly because vanilla is a very versatile flavor that you can add into a number of things. A lot of people use vanilla as a base in their smoothies or even in baked foods. Our newest flavor, cookies n crème, is starting to creep up on vanilla. We’re the only vegan protein that has a cookies n crème flavor… plus the fact that it’s gluten free and tastes great doesn’t hurt. As far as new flavors go…. Let’s just say we have a few things in the cooker. (Not literally. We never use high heat when creating our products, ha!).

5. Share with our readers five things we’d never guess about the brains behind your brand… Go!

1. The brand PlantFusion is a division of a much larger company called Reliance Vitamin. They supply mom and pop health food stores with their line own line of private label supplements.

2. Unlike our parent company that’s been doing business for over 20 years, our branded division has only been operating for less than five years.

3. We’ve increased growth and distribution each year we’ve been in business. A sign the natural products industry is very strong.

4. The entire management team of PlantFusion lives healthy, active, plant based lifestyles. I’ve always lived an active lifestyle. When I started working for PlantFusion I watched a film called Forks Over Knives. It really opened my eyes about what I was eating on a daily basis. I then turned vegetarian and now live a full vegan lifestyle. I’m an avid runner, clyclist and former hockey player (mens leagues doesn’t count, ha). I’ve made it a goal to run at least one major marathon each year.

5. The product was originally created to help patients fighting disease that couldn’t eat food. Our first real market was the mom and pop health food stores. The majority of stores were selling outdated products that didn’t really taste very good. We gave them something different to offer at an affordable price. From there we expanded distribution to the west coast targeting natural grocery chains, wellness centers, etc. When you have such a healthy, delicious product the possibilities are endless.

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Planning a Disney Trip with a Special Diet: Deluxe Resorts

We first dished out the details for planning your Disney trip while staying at value resorts. Then we covered the moderate resorts. And now, of course, it’s time for those deluxe resorts.

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Unlike the Value and Moderate resorts, there are more than just five resorts to choose from. When it comes to the Deluxe, there’s eight: Animal Kingdom Lodge, Beach Club, BoardWalk Inn, Contemporary, Grand Floridian, Polynesian, Wilderness Lodge, and Yacht Club. You can likely tell from their names, but each one features pretty incredible themes.

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